Smart bets: Erica Russo

Erica Russo’s distinctive, earthy voice wades to the forefront of her latest single, “Honey,” the slow-moving title track from her third full-length album. Backed by Billy Leva on drums, Davis Collins on bass, Fanny Rose on cello and her own guitar work, she sings: “You have got my heart / under your knife / baby, please play nice.” These lyrics are straightforward enough, but the musician’s overall vibe blends the serene and ominous with haunting results. Her new album, which was self-produced and includes several band-backed recordings of previous solo songs, is the first out on fellow local artist Matt Townsend’s Eternal Mind Records. Livingdog and Darien open the release party at The Mothlight on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9:30 p.m. $6. themothlight.com. Photo by Ryn Arrants

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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